Ringling College Commencement

Those who graduate each May from Ringling College of Art and Design join a talented cohort of artists, designers, and creatives all over the world. Our graduates are ethical practitioners and globally aware citizens, poised to become the next generation of creative visionaries.

Class of 2023

Commencement for the Class of 2023 will be held May 4, 2023, at 3:30 pm. More details will be shared here as soon as they become available.

Class of 2022

The 2022 Commencement Exercises took place on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

Over 300 diplomas were awarded for the degrees of Business of Art and Design (BA), Computer Animation (BFA), Creative Writing (BFA), Film (BFA), Fine Arts (BFA), Game Art (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Motion Design (BFA), Photography and Imaging (BFA), Virtual Reality Development (BFA), and Visual Studies (BA).

Read more about Dr. Jacinda Walker, 2022 Commencement Speaker and founder and creative director of designExplorr.

Stay connected! Ringling College is here to support you in any way we can, even after graduation. 


Ringling College of Art and Design Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 3:30 pm (EDT)

Bradenton Area Convention Center

1 Haben Blvd. Palmetto, FL

On behalf of the Ringling College community, we would like to invite you to our Commencement Ceremony honoring the class of 2022. Join us and celebrate your graduation with your classmates, family members, favorite professors, and members of our campus community.

The Commencement Ceremony is a ticketed event for graduates and families scheduled for 3:30 pm (EDT) on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center located in Palmetto, FL. The Ceremony will be livestreamed the afternoon of the event on the Ringling College website (www.ringling.edu/commencement), for those who are unable to attend the event in person.

There will be a live Commencement viewing party open to families, faculty, staff, and students held in person in the Morganroth Auditorium located in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on May 12 starting at 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Graduates, families, and friends are encouraged to celebrate this special moment of achievement on our social wall which will be accessible one week prior to the Ceremony and will stay live for one week following the event. We welcome everyone to enjoy and post their photos leading up to the big day!

To contribute, share your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #RinglingGrads. Your cap and gown selfies, group shots, decorated caps, and all of the other excitement will appear on the Ringling College Commencement web page for your biggest supporters to see.

*All digital photos/videos will be reviewed and approved before being added to the social wall.

Jacinda Walker

Jacinda is renowned for her work in diversity, design research, and strategy. She has helped clients including Amazon, Adobe, Kellogg and others with their diversity recruiting strategies. She has led design thinking and community design education workshops for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Boys and Girls Club, and numerous AIGA chapters.


From 2016-2018, Jacinda served as the national chair of AIGA’s Diversity & Inclusion task force. She earned her A.A.B. and B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Akron. In 2016, Walker obtained her M.F.A. in design research and development with a minor in nonprofit studies from The Ohio State University. Her thesis, Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines, has been widely hailed as a breakthrough work. This research explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose African-American and Latino youth to design careers. Jacinda is a strong advocate for young people and proudly mentors several design students on portfolio presentations, professional development, and career planning. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design education initiatives for corporations, school systems, educational organizations, and museums for underrepresented youth.


Currently, she is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, an organization that operates as a social enterprise to address the diversity gap within the design profession. DesignExplorr’s mission aims to design a diverse future by expanding access to design education for youth and raise awareness for corporate organizations. This work is done through collaborations that develop youth activities, coordinate diversity-building initiatives, and connect stakeholders to resources. Log onto designExplorr.com to learn more about the work in developing youth activities and establishing design education initiatives.


Graduates can pick-up their tickets and announcements beginning on Monday, April 11, 2022 from the Student Life Office, 2nd Floor of the Ulla Searing Student Center.

Regalia (cap and gown) should be picked up from the Art and Supply Store beginning on Monday, April 18 through Tuesday, May 10.

We need to know where to mail your diploma after graduation!

Once final grades are in and your advisor certifies your degree, we will order your diplomas and they will be shipped directly to you. You will receive your diploma in a cover in late May or June, so please use an address that will work at that time. Please do not use your on-campus address if you have one. If you do not know where you will be living at that time, consider mailing it to a relative or trusted friend.

Be sure your information is up-to-date in the Self-Service portal. For those of you that are local and use your campus mailbox, don’t forget to complete a mail forwarding form at Mail Services.

For seniors that are living on campus, housing closes for all students on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4:00 pm. Please contact reslife@ringling.edu with any questions and/or concerns.

Stay connected! Ringling College is here to support you in any way we can, even after graduation.





Director of Library Services


Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian





Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)  



Assistant Circulation Manager


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 


Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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